Porsche gets a mean new look, writes Bruce McMahon
THEY’RE all-black, meanlooking mothers — a limited run of Porsche 911 Black Edition models is headed this way.
The Black Edition Carrera coupes and cabriolets will arrive in April with the same price tags and performance figures as the entry-level 911s.
But the all-black treatment, and a production run of only 1911 for the world, will make these that little bit special.
Both coupe and cabriolet will have the 254kW, 3.6 litre engine.
The coupe still jumps from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, the cabriolet in 5.1 seconds.
Adding the optional seven-speed PDK gearbox shaves an extra twotenths of a second off those times.
Both are black from body to black sports steering wheel, centre console and handsome 19-inch Turbo II alloy wheels with black contrasting highlights.
Inside the wheels are a set of brakes running black, four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed callipers.
There’s a unique 911 badge on the rear engine cover, Black Edition door sills and a limited edition number plaque for the glove box.
Inside is a Bose surround sound system, fitted as standard.
It was specially co-ordinated with the interior of the 911 Carrera models and has 13 speakers (12 in the cabriolet) including active subwoofer and centre speaker as well as a seven channel digital amplifier.
Like the rest of the 911 range, the 911 Black Edition’s equipment package also includes parking assistant, cruise control, universal audio interface, automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors and a rain sensor.
The Black Edition Porsches are priced at $223,000 for the coupe and $245,300 for the cabriolet. They are on sale now and local deliveries are expected from late April.
THE outrageous Pagani Zonda never made it to Australia, but that didn’t stop people dreaming. Now the dream is new and even brighter with the arrival of the Huayra — say it WHY-ra — to lead the Benz-belter supercar company.
The Huayra has taken seven years to develop and goes public at the Geneva motor show next month — with a likely price tag in the $1.3 million range, before Australian taxes.
The car is a familiar recipe for Horatio Pagani, complete with a tweaked version of the twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 engine developed for the Black Series version of the Mercedes SL65 AMG.
The performance promises run from a 3.3-second sprint to 100km/h to a 340km/h top speed thanks to 520kW in the tail, or 545 and a shocking 1000Nw of torque with ‘‘sport tuning’’.
It’s an all carbon-fibre car with a midmounted engine and gull-wing doors, but with much smoother bodywork than the Zonda and the promise of more luxury and refinement.
The car has active aerodynamics with motorised flaps at each corner of body to boost grip for acceleration, braking and cornering.
The Huayra weighs just over 1000kg and its name, like the Zonda, is winddriven. This time it is named after a god of wind, as the Zonda was called after a hot wind that blows in Argentina.
PAUL GOVER in Germany T HE Pagani Zonda (above) could have conquered Australia in 2007.
Horatio Pagani came to Australia with a Zonda roadster for the Melbourne Motor Show in 2006 as a teaser for a planned sales campaign.
The idea was developed by Ross Meyer, who was the head of MG-Rover Australia at the time.
Meyer and Pagani believed there was a chance to sell a handful of cars to people who were in the mood for a supercar with something special, and there was a solid response to the Melbourne teaser campaign and a round of interviews by Zonda.
But the plan crashed with the collapse of MG-Rover and, officially, there are zero Zondas in Australia.
Double action: The Black Edition Porsche 911 costs $223,000 for the coupe and $245,300 for the cabriolet.